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TYPES OF FLEXIBILITY

PASSIVE FLEXIBILITY

The measure of ROM in the absence of active contraction

ACTIVE FLEXIBILITY

The measure of ROM in the presense of active contraction

STATIC FLEXIBILITY

This relates to ROM about a joint with no emphasis on speed and is controlled passive movement taken to the point of resistance.

DYNAMIC FLEXIBILITY

This refers to the ability to use a range of joint movement to execute physical activity at either normal or rapid speed.

BALLISTIC FLEXIBILITY

This refers to the ability to use range of movement with an explosive speed, facilitating the stretch reflex.

FUNCTIONAL FLEXIBILITY

This refers to the ability to possess sufficient dynamic and ballistic flexibility in order to perform any movement necessary for a specific activity or sport. Proper muscular strength is a crucial component.

RELATIVE FLEXIBILITY

This refers to the body seeking the path of least resistance during functional movement patterns. This type of flexibility can result in dysfunction and pain.

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